It’s a new year! For many of us, this marks a time when we look to make some lifestyle changes to live a happier and healthier life, like eating a better diet. Eating healthy is associated with plenty of invaluable benefits for the mind and body, but it also has a bit of a reputation for tasting ‘boring’. Though that doesn’t always have to be the case! Using the right ingredients, like honey sticks for tea, you can prepare tons of flavorful and tasty healthy dishes that’ll keep you feeling and looking good all year long. Need some meal plan inspiration? Here are 3 healthy recipes packed full of nutrients but still taste delicious to have you feeling satisfied all day long.
Breakfast- Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
Looking to fuel up for your day? Try this breakfast bowl! Featuring superfoods like Greek yogurt. oats, and fresh fruits, this breakfast is a rich source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Not to mention it’s also easy to make, making this the perfect option when you don’t want to stress.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup berries of choice
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons granola
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ chopped banana
- Optional: peanut butter to taste
Begin by preparing your oats as directed on the package. While you’re waiting for the oats to cook, prepare the rest of the ingredients by washing and chopping the fruits. Once the oats are finished, you can assemble the rest of the dish. In a bowl, layer Greek yogurt over the oats and top with berries, chia seeds, granola, banana, and a drizzle of your favorite flavored honey sticks. For those who’d like a more sweetened taste, finish the breakfast bowl by adding in a small scoop of your favorite nut butter for an extra boost of healthy sugary goodness.
Lunch- Spinach Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
Leafy greens like spinach are packed full of vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function at their very best. This low-calorie food alone supports bone and heart health, immunity, and so much more. In a salad tossed with this delicious honey mustard dressing and all your favorite toppings, this lunch packs a punch in both flavor and nutrition!
- ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey sticks
- ½ lemon
- Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste
- Optional: milk to thin
To make this dressing, simply whisk together the yogurt, mustard, honey, and the juice of half a lemon together. Once evenly combined, add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to your desired taste. If you prefer a thinner dressing, mix in a dash of milk. To complete this lunch, top it over a bed of spinach and enjoy it with your favorite salad mixings, like avocado, grilled chicken, feta cheese, and nuts.
Dinner- Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts
Thanks to it’s wide availability, simplicity to prepare, and high nutrient content, chicken breast has long since been a staple part of many healthy and well rounded diets. This powerhouse food offers plenty of health benefits, including assisting with weight management and improving muscle health. Chicken can be prepared many different ways, but here we paired it with a honey garlic sauce for a bite that’s perfectly savory with a touch of sweetness.
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
- ¼ cup honey sticks
- 3 tablespoons low sodium souy sauce
- 3 tablespoons flour of choice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Optional: sriracha to taste
Begin by prepping the garlic honey sauce. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, garlic, soy sauce, and white wine vinegar. Additionally, if you want a spicier taste, add sriracha to the sauce mixture. Next, dice the chicken into 1 inch cubes. Once your chicken is cut, place the pieces in a large sandwich bag along with the flour and seasonings. Gently shake the bag until all of the chicken is evenly coated in the dry ingredient mixture. In a pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is ready, place the chicken and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes, occasionally tossing to ensure all sides are cooked. Once the chicken reaches a golden brown color, pour the garlic honey sauce into the pan. Let the sauce and chicken simmer together for a few minutes and mix to evenly coat every piece of chicken. AT this point, the chicken is done and ready to eat. Serve with a side of rice and your favorite fresh veggies for a full nutritious meal.